Māori on show at Auckland Art Fair 2016

By Numia Ponika-Rangi

Fourty galleries from New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, and South America came together to exhibit their own distinct works and other art treasures by various artists including Māori. 

New Zealand's premier international showcase for contemporary art returns after a three-year hiatus, representing some big names and emerging artists as well.

Tainui artist Aaron Kereopa exhibits through Toi o Tahuna in Queenstown. His marine themed works include surfboard carving and casting silicone compound.

Bergman Gallery of Rarotonga was also on show with a bold and distinct traditional Rarotongan flavour. 

Te Āti Awa/Ngāti Awa weaver Alexis Neal is overwhelmed to be represented by Auckland's FHE Gallery at such a huge event. She says, "it's really important to be able to show our Māori styles as well."

Thousands of people visited the Auckland Art Fair over the weekend at The Cloud on Auckland's Queens Wharf, and many are already looking forward to the next festival.

Te Kāea reporter Numia Ponika-Rangi will have more on this tonight at 5:30pm.